The UN nuclear watchdog chief said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal with Iran soon to boost its cooperation with an investigation into Tehran's disputed atomic activity, although differences remained.Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), spoke a day after holding rare talks in Tehran and a day before Iran and six world powers will hold broader negotiations on the extent of Tehran's nuclear program.
"(A) decision was made to conclude and sign the agreement ... I can say it will be signed quite soon," Amano told reporters at Vienna airport after returning from Tehran.
Amano, who had been looking for a deal giving his inspectors a freer hand to investigate suspected atomic bomb research in Iran, described the outcome of his meetings in Iran as an "important development".
PM: Iran's 'intentions toward's Israel are clear: it wants to destroy Israel, and is developing nuclear weapons to realize this goal'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hardened his rhetoric towards Iran saying "Iran threatens Israel and world peace."
Netanyahu's remarks at a meeting of the Civil Service Commission at the Foreign Ministry came as reports in the media indicate progress ahead of talks between the P5+1 and Iran slated for Bagdad on Wednesday.
"In the face of malicious intent, world leaders must show determination, and not weakness," Netanyahu said. "They must not make concessions towards Iran. They should present clear and unequivocal requirements."Netanyahu repeated Israel's demands to the P5+1, the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany: Iran must give UN inspectors full access to all its nuclear facilities, must cease all uranium enrichment activities, and send all uranium enriched to 20% out of the country."In recent weeks I have heard those who doubt Iran's intentions. The Iranians declare that they will erase Israel off the map," Netanyahu said, noting the head of Iran's military this week called for Israel's destruction.
"They are aiming for this. They say one thing in English and another in Persian. It was interesting to hear the comments of the Iranian chief of staff said yesterday...."
"Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel. This is simple and straightforward. Iran's goals are clear: it wants to destroy Israel, and is developing nuclear weapons to realize this goal," Netanyahu said.Barak and Netanyahu have expressed deep skepticism of Iran's intentions ahead of Wednesday's Bagdad talksLast Friday, Netanyahu again said "he sees no evidence of any sort that Iran is ready to end the nuclear program." On Monday he followed this with an explicit call for a "tough line" from the P5+1 in upcoming talks.
UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon said he was "extremely troubled about the risk of an all-out civil war (in Syria) and was concerned about the outbreak of related violence in Lebanon."
He spoke as dozens of Syrians died in clashes - mostly in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib and the town of Homs - while two people were killed in Beirut in a spillover of Syrian bloodshed.
Sunday, at the NATO summit in Chicago, Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen said firmly that the alliance has "no intention" of taking military action against President Bashar Assad's regime. But he said nothing about individual NATO members translating their concern about the escalating violence in Syria into military action. Above all, he did not explain why Syrian army heavy T-72 tanks have in recent days started bursting into flames on the open roads.DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose the cause:The Syrian rebels have received their first “third generation” anti-tank weapons, 9K115-2 Metis-M and Kornet E. They are supplied by Saudi and Qatari intelligence agencies following a secret message from President Barack Obama advising them to up the military stake in the effort to oust Assad.
Saturday, May 19, President Obama said in a speech to the G-8 summit at Camp David that “Bashar al-Assad must leave power.” Listening to him were Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev whose government strongly opposes the bid to topple Assad and is helping him to weather the uprising against his rule.Medvedev and Chinese leader Hu Jintao both kept silent after Obama spoke. Both would have had intelligence updates relayed to Camp David on the latest turn of events in Syria.
The supply of powerful anti-tank missiles to the Syrian rebels is intended to achieve two purposes:1. To impede Syrian military tank movements between flashpoints. During the 14-month uprising, there was nothing to stop Syrian tanks criss-crossing the country as back-up for the official crackdown on dissent. But in recent weeks, trucks hauling the T-72 are being blown up before they reach their destinations.2. The sight of blazing tanks is intended to undermine army morale and puncture the self-assurance of the security circles surrounding the president.Russian and Iranian military and intelligence advisers are growing less sanguine as they watch foreign military intervention expand step by stepThey reckon that, after failing to ignite a full-dress unified rebellion inside the main Syrian cities, the West and the Arab states have turned to equipping anti-Assad rebel forces for pursuing sustained guerilla warfare between the big cities - on the main roads and in rural and mountainous areas.
The Summer of 2012 will go down as the ‘Summer of Anarchy’.
And the best way for average folk to prepare for the ‘Summer of Anarchy’ is to remember who’s behind it.
Don’t fall for Obama’s Act on this and other matters;
Don’t let shiftless protesters who’d rather protest than work for a living tell you what should make you angry;
Don’t believe Internet columnists who tell you it’s guaranteed that Obama can’t win; It will take far more than wishful thinking to save America from the Marxist elite.
Do not buy into the well-touted propaganda that NATO/G8 protesters and OWS protesters are against Obama. They WORK for him.
Their job is to create the chaos Obama and his czars need to impose martial law as a means to suspend elections indefinitely should his re-election be in any doubt.
Above all, know the difference between the truth and propaganda. The survival of your children and grandchildren may depend on it.
Even as Jews remember the great triumph of Jerusalem Day, the ethnic cleansers and their accomplices are busy searching for ways to drive Jews out of Jerusalem, out of towns, villages and cities. This isn’t about the Arab residents of Jerusalem, who have repeatedly asserted that they want to remain part of Israel. It’s not about peace, which did not come from any previous round of concessions, and will not come from this one either. It’s about solving the Jewish problem.As long as Jews allow themselves to be defined as the problem, there will be plenty of those offering solutions. And the solutions invariably involve doing something about the Jews. It only stands to reason that if Jews are the problem, then moving them or getting rid of them is the solution. The bloody god of diplomacy always assumes that they are the problem. There is less friction in defining Jews as the problem, than in defining Muslims as the problem. The numbers alone mean that is so.
Jerusalem Day is a reminder of what the real problem is and what the real solution is. Muslim occupation of Israel is the problem. The Islamization of Jerusalem is the problem. Muslim violence in support of the Muslim occupation of Israel and of everywhere else is the problem. Israel is the solution.Only when we liberate ourselves from the lies, when we stop believing that we are the problem and recognize that we are the solution. Only then will we be free of the Joe Bidens and the Peter Beinarts, the Jimmy Carters and Barack Obamas, the Gilad Atzmons and Jeremy Ben Amis. Only then will the liberation that began in 1967 be complete.
Police have reportedly issued new draconian instructions for non-Muslims who ascend to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, which has been under Muslim occupation for centuries. According to a report in the daily newspaper Ma'ariv, non-Muslims are now not even permitted to close their eyes while on the Mount, or do anything that could be interpreted as praying.While Jews have not been allowed to pray on the Mount since the Muslim riots of the year 2000, and their entry has been restricted to specific hours and days, the new instructions take the restrictions to an even greater extreme.According to the report, the Jerusalem District Police responded to the story by saying only, "This was a statement by an officer who explained to the visitors to the Temple Mount about the characteristics of prayer that are forbidden during the visit there."